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Sask Ag Grain Marketing Webinar

March 4, 2015

David presented for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Grain Market Agriwebinars. Taking the Bull by the Horns - Using Futures & Options to Manage Risk  ...continue reading

Wild Oats Grainworld 2013 - CBOT Grain Marketing Workshop

  • Manage your risks before they manage you ©
  • Research: Fundamental, Technical, Volatility, Seasonal 
  • Larry Rigaux, President Phoenix Agritec Inc.
  • Practical Option Hedging Examples ...continue reading

Expert advises hedging 2014 crop to protect against lower trend

Oct 31, 2013

Farmers who are having trouble moving crops this fall might not want to worry about hedging it right away.
However, a brokerage firm is urging its clients to protect some 2014-15 prices now. “Start considering it. That’s the point of disciplined, consistent risk management,” said David Derwin, a senior marketing adviser with P.I. Financial in Winnipeg.
  ...continue reading

April showers bring...May sellers

April 27, 2013

Seasonal investing is a hard sell for most investors. We're entrenched in the buy-and-hold philosophy, indoctrinated to believe over the long term, markets always increase. So a strategy that largely dictates we should buy and sell stocks in various sectors based on seasonal cycles is a bit of financial heresy. Among the world's chief heretics is Brooke Thackray, who again will be in Winnipeg early next month for another Free Press News Café gig, hosted by PI Financial ...continue reading

A sample options strategy for soybeans

April 11, 2013

We recently had the privilege of co-presenting with the CME Group at their CBOT Grain Opt ions Workshop during the annual Wild Oats Grainworld conference in Winnipeg. Here’s an overview of that event including what is risk, what is risk management and a straightforward strategy you can use to protect yourself against falling grain prices...continue reading

Growers can reduce risk by using options-based hedging

March 14, 2013

Farmers face massive uncertainty about crop prices this fall. Leading analysts forecast huge new corp price ranges, making 2013-14 possibly the most profitable rises ever, or one of the worst....continue reading

'Stock'-ing Stuffers

December 1, 2012

Income... maybe the best gift of all. If earning an income and protecting hard-earned money are a concern, fixed-income investments (bonds, preferred shares, convertible debentures, etc.) may be just the gift for you. Although interest rates are low, usually a bad omen for bond aficionados, good investments are still to be had in this asset class, says the investment advisory team of David Derwin and Joseph Alkana ... continue reading

Go with the (cash) flow

September 4, 2012

Global equities, emerging markets, precious metals — they’re all flavours of the day that have taken on a sour note in the last few years. Many investors also may be sensing a bitter taste for balanced strategies. Investors may find no refuge from the storm of market volatility in GICs and bonds either, given the historically low interest rates.... continue reading

Know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em, says apostle of seasonal investing.

May 19, 2012

Like many things in life, successful investing involves recognizing patterns and acting accordingly to turn a profit. Value investors look for overlooked and underpriced companies that have sound financial numbers... continue reading

Hedging strategies if you're selling in the U.S.

March 29, 2012

If you sell product to the U.S., as many Canadian businesses do and want to protect yourself, you are probably asking what to do if the loonie is worth more than a U.S. greenback, which is has been again recently....continue reading

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